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Bikers Against Child Abuse launch Calgary chapter

| February 27, 2015 at 07:48 am

Motorcycle enthusiasts empower abused children

They’re not a gang, but they do wear black leather jackets and ride motorcycles in large groups.

“When they look at us [and] see all these big burly guys, they know that we’re there for them. That’s a lot of empowerment to them,” said William Hebert, whose road name is Wheels. (more…)

One in three Canadians has suffered child abuse, study says

| April 23, 2014 at 06:59 am

A groundbreaking new Canadian study found one-third of the population has suffered some form of “child abuse,” prompting a call for nationwide prevention measures and sparking a debate about what constitutes physical abuse.

The report, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, establishes mental-health links with both less serious forms of physical punishment – being spanked – and far more serious abuse, including severe beatings and burning. Both extremes contributed to mental-health problems, ranging from anxiety and depression to suicidal thoughts and attempts. Exposure to more than one type of abuse increased the likelihood of suffering from a mental condition. (more…)

Canada’s greatest child abuse problem: Poverty

| February 5, 2013 at 07:26 am

Another year. Another report on how we as Canadians are failing one in every six of our children.

According to The Conference Board of Canada, the child poverty that all Canadian political parties, in 1989, pledged to eliminate by the year 2000 has not only not been eliminated, it has actually increased since the 1990s by 15.1%.

At almost the same time that this report, a report that simply confirms what we as citizens and all our politicians provincially and federally have known for years and acknowledged almost twenty-five years ago to be true, came out, the federal government with a great deal of fanfare was announcing its plans to “protect” children from crime and sexual exploitation. (more…)

Heart Attacks In Men Associated With Childhood Sexual Abuse

| September 6, 2012 at 03:05 pm

Men who experienced sexual abuse in childhood have a 3 times higher chance of suffering from a heart attack than men who were not sexually abused as kids, revealed a team of experts at the University of Toronto in Child Abuse & Neglect. Interestingly, there was no connection between women being sexually abused as children and heart attacks.

Scientists used data from the Center for Disease Control’s 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey of 5095 men and 7768 women aged 18 and over in order to identify gender-specific differences.

Results showed 57 men and 154 women were sexually abused before the age of 18 by someone they considered close to them. A diagnosis of a heart attack or myocardial infarction was received by 377 males and 285 females. (more…)

Ontario: London police seize child porn images and videos

| May 31, 2012 at 02:53 pm

LONDON, Ont. — Police in London, Ont., say they have seized computers containing one of the largest collections of child pornography they have ever seen.

Old computers

Investigators say the computers and several digital storage devices were found in a home and hold more than 300,000 images and videos.

A 60-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after police noticed several images of child porn had been uploaded online.

Robert Johnson is charged with three counts of distributing child pornography, four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of accessing child pornography.

He is also charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Source: http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120531/london-child-porn-seizure-120531/20120531/?hub=CalgaryHome

Abuse, violence can alter children’s DNA: study

| April 27, 2012 at 02:08 pm

The stress of exposure to early-life violence can leave lasting marks on children so deep that it affects their DNA, according to the findings of a study by researchers at North Carolina’s Duke University.

Chromosomes of children who were exposed to maternal violence, bullying or physical maltreatment by an adult showed signs of biological aging, researchers reported Tuesday in a study published by the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (more…)

Surete du Quebec adds 25 investigators to track cyber-pedophiles

| April 18, 2012 at 01:06 pm

QUEBEC – Decrying the sexual exploitation of children as “the most odious of crimes,” Quebec Public Security Minister Robert Dutil announced Tuesday that the Surete du Quebec will add another 25 investigators to track down and arrest cyber-pedophiles.

The SQ, Quebec’s provincial police force, already has 79 officers and civilian staff assigned to combat cyber-pedophilia, which Dutil said has grown “exponentially” in recent years. (more…)

Calgary police step up efforts as violence against children rises

| December 27, 2011 at 08:37 am

CalgaryNew child advocacy centre to open in new year

A dramatic rise in crimes against children is prompting Calgary police to bump up its child abuse unit.

The addition of seven investigators, nearly doubling the unit, is designed to help police deal with an increasing workload of disturbing cases of violence against youngsters. (more…)

Canada: Combatting child sex abuse

| December 15, 2011 at 08:58 am

A former Canadian hockey player addressed U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with a message they would do well to heed.
In fact, Sheldon Kennedy’s message should be taken to heart by legislators everywhere.

Kennedy, the former NHL player who was one of the sexual abuse victims of former hockey coach Graham James, told the U.S. Senate subcommittee on children and families it’s important to “empower the bystanders” – those who have suspicions that children are being sexually abused. (more…)

Two Ont. men launch lawsuit against pedophile priest

| December 9, 2011 at 08:50 am

WINDSOR, Ont. — Two sexual assault victims of a convicted Ontario priest launched separate $3-million lawsuits Thursday against the man, known in the 1950s as “Happy Hands” for his tendency to touch students.

The civil suit by Patrick McMahon, 43, against pedophile Rev. William Hodgson Marshall, also names the Basilian Fathers of Toronto and Catholic Bishop Ronald Fabbro. It alleges neither did anything to prevent Marshall from abusing children. (more…)